What's Next for Artemis?
What's Next for Artemis?
Likewise, where did things start to go sideways for the team?
IP: Like all these campaigns, it usually happens very early on with the very first few decisions that you make which are exponentially important. We failed—probably—to capitalize on some of the existing experience in the multihull world both on the water and on the shore which would have put us on a faster track to the detail and refinement stage. I wasn’t involved at that stage, so it’s not fair for me to look back and judge it.
On the occasions you did sail how did it feel being on the water as a team?
IP: It was great fun. Myself, Iain, Nathan—we love racing as do all the other boys on board. It was a very special moment when we crossed the line in the first race. We were almost two minutes behind, and I’ve never done that in my life, but it was the biggest victory I’ve had in almost all my sailing. I’ve never worked or felt more together as a team. I think Nathan said as we crossed that line, “We’ve done it boys,” and I think most of us had a tear roll down our cheeks as we really had done something that all of us thought was almost certainly impossible. Not impossible emotionally, but impossible practically. The thing was such a huge challenge and on top of the emotional challenge that we felt. I keep saying to people, “Those who didn’t go through that period with us inside Artemis Racing will never understand the mountain it was that we climbed." And, those words of Nathan’s as we crossed the line kind of summed it up for all of us.
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What is next for you personally?
IP: I have a few regattas coming up, which I’m really looking forward to. I’ll be doing my first RC44 regatta with Torbjörn. I’ll be doing the Bermuda Gold Cup with an old team representing the Andy Simpson Sailing Foundation with myself, Ben Ainslie, Christian Camp, and Matt Cornwall, which is the team of four of us that Bart would join in a five-man match-race boat and always came as our coach to Bermuda. We’re really lucky to have been sponsored by the event sponsor, The Argo Group, to donate to the charity for us to race for Bart. That’s been great for the foundation and for the four of us who were all good friends of Bart to go back to a spot where we’ve been together many times. Racing is something that’s in our blood, and sometimes with the America’s Cup you get all too little of it so I’m looking forward to getting out and feeling the adrenaline of the start line again.